Working Together

Grants and Agreements
Parternships -

  • Fisheries Projects - Feature
  • Kirtlands Warbler - Spotlights

Recreation Resource Advisory Committees
Tribal Relations


Contractors working on a bridge replacement.Contracting

The Huron-Manistee National Forests are a substantial contributor to the economies of local communities through contracting with various businesses and citizens for the procurement and acquisition of goods and services. Services are acquired through contracts, purchasing, and other various contract tools.

Contracted services included:

  • Tree thinning projects
  • Construction of trails
  • Janitorial services
  • Construction needed for repair and construction of facilities
  • And other various commodities and services.

Purchases from local vendors for needed supplies to support fire incidents include:

  • Water, fuel, batteries, medical supplies, mechanic services, tires, etc.
  • Lodging, portable toilets, and equipment rentals such as bulldozers, excavators, backhoes, water trucks, pack strings, etc.

What a Contractor Needs to Know

Contractors working on a paving project.The Huron-Manistee National Forests receive procurement support for acquisitions over $25,000 from the Lake States Acquisition Team. Acquisitions below $25,000 are processed by the Huron-Manistee National Forest’s Purchasing Office.

In addition to the Huron-Manistee, the Lake States Acquisition Team provides shared services for contracting and acquisition to the:

The following three sites provide information on contracting with the federal government:

  • The Federal Business Opportunities website, known as FedBizOpps, is where commercial vendors may search and retrieve opportunities solicited by the entire Federal contracting community, including the Forest Service.
  • National information for Forest Service Acquisition, including a helpful checklist for contractors, can be found at Forest Service Acquisitions
  • The USDA Forecast of Contracting Opportunities lists planned procurement opportunities for the current fiscal year.

Contact Information

Lake States Acquisition Team

USDA Forest Service
Lake States Acquisition Team
500 Hanson Lake Road
Rhinelander, WI 54501
Phone: 715-362-1187
Fax: 715-362-1188

Huron-Manistee NFs Purchasing Office

USDA Forest Service
Huron-Manistee National Forests
ATTN: Taron Tomaski
1755 S. Mitchell St.
Cadillac, MI 49601
Phone: 231-775-2421 ext. 8707
Fax: 231-775-5551


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Working with an agreement.Grants and Agreements

Huron-Manistee National Forests and its partners rely on grants to accomplish mission-related projects on National Forest lands.  These grant funds come from a variety of sources such as the National Forest Foundation, local Wildlife Unlimited chapters, Michigan Department of Natural Resources, and other agencies and organizations.

To enter into an agreement with the Huron-Manistee National Forests contact an Office.


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Recreation Resource Advisory Committees

The RAC will provide recommendations to the Forest Service on the development and implementation of special projects on federal lands as authorized under the Secure Rural Schools Act and Community Self-Determination Act in Public Law 110-343 (SRS). This act was reauthorized for two years by section 524 of Public Law 114-10 and signed into law by the President on April 16, 2015.

Visit the RAC page for information on meetings and projects.


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The signing of the MOU.Tribal Relations

The Federal government and Native American Tribes have a government-to-government relationship. The basis for this is in the constitution of the United States (Article 1, Section 8) which recognized tribes as sovereign nations. The Forest Service is committed to this relationship with federally recognized Tribal governments. Through consultation, the Forests builds productive working relationships with tribal leaders, government officials and resource managers. The Forests consult with federally recognized tribes that are culturally and historically affiliated with, and have ongoing interest in management of, Huron-Manistee administered lands.

National Forests have important historical, spiritual, and cultural significance for Tribes. Forests often serve as a source of traditional medicines, food, firewood, and basketry materials. Consultation with tribes provides an invaluable means of obtaining expert advice, ideas, information, and diverse opinions from Native Americans in an effort to work together collaboratively to achieve positive outcomes for ecosystem health and cultural values.

In accordance with the on-going Tribal/Forest Service relationship, a Memorandum of Understanding was entered into by the USDA Forest Service with Signatory Tribes of the Washington Treaty of 1836.

  • Memorandum of Understanding - Regarding Tribal and USDA Forest Service Relations on National Forest Lands Within the Territory Ceded in the Washington Treaty of 1836 and any National Forest Lands Located within the Exterior Boundaries of the Reservation of any Signatory Tribe
  • Appendix A - MODEL - National Forest Gathering Code
  • Appendix B - Tribal Self-Regulation Agreement
  • Appendix C - Wilderness and Research Natural Areas
  • Appendix D -National Forest Campground Fee and Length of Stay Restriction Exemption Agreement and Implementation Plan
  • Appendix E - National Forest Campgrounds - Campground Fee and Length of Stay Restriction

The following link is a map showing the boundaries of the Lake States Forests and the ceded terretories: (pdf), located on the Ottawa National Forest website.


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Fisheries - Improvement Projects

7-23-1941 Minnie Lake Dam completed by White River CCC Camp in 1940. Creates 100 acres of productiv

The Huron-Manistee National Forests in northern Michigan are located within a day's drive of a quarter of the nation's population. One of the prized features of this National Forest is its northwoods rivers and lakes.


Working Together: Trail Maintenance

 People of all ages and abilities help the Forest Service care for the land and serve communities.  Volunteers are kids and young adults, recent graduates, retirees, corporate teams, community service organizations and individuals.  And volunteer activities are as diverse as the people who volunteer.  Have a skill and want to use it to help the Forests?  Or are you looking to learn a new skill?  The commitment you make is up to you. You can volunteer part of your time or full-time, and you can choose how long you volunteer for – one day, one week, a month, a year or even longer.  And if a posted volunteer opportunity requires training, we will train you. Click the link to find out what volunteer opportunities are available on the Huron-Manistee National Forests.


Kirtlands Warbler

Kirtlands Warbler sitting on a stump.

The Kirtland's warbler was one of the first species to be listed after the Endangered Species Act of 1973 was passed by Congress.

Karner Blue Butterfly

Karner Blue Butterfly, one of many wildlife who benefit from fire dependent ecosystems.

Karner blue butterfly is a federally endangered species that lives in Oak Savannah and Pine Barren habitats.


History of Loda Lake

Loda Lake National Wildflower Sanctuary - wildflowers near barn ruins

In 1949 the sanctuary was officially established through a formal cooperative agreement between the Forest Service and Federated Garden Clubs of Michigan.